Man charged with fraud and forgery offences - Bucks

28/11/2014

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with fraud and forgery offences.

Philip Martin, aged 41, of Church Lane, Little Linford, Bucks was charged with 12 fraud/forgery offences as follows:

  • Nine charges of fraud by false representation
  • One charge of making a false instrument with intent it be accepted as genuine
  • Two charges of carrying on business of a company with intent to defraud creditors/for other fraudulent purpose.

The charges relate to incidents between March 2009 and December 2010 when people reported that they had invested in a property company and had given financial deposits for a portfolio of properties, but had not received the portfolio or a refund of their deposits.

Also between July 2013 and February 2014 a series of false representations were made to solicitors representing a mortgage company and to the County Court regarding a property in Little Linford.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Philip Martin.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge the man with 12 fraud/forgery offences.

"The charges relate to two alleged periods of deception, which occurred between March 2009-December 2010 and July 2013-February 2014 and involve more than 50 complainants.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Mr Martin was released on bail to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court on Friday, 12 December 2014.

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